Engineer and Artist
As a teenager, he became interested in pursuing a technical career.
During WWII, he volunteered and served as a commissioned officer in the US
Army Air Corps. After service, he earned his engineering degree from the University
of Michigan, College of Engineering. He then had a productive career as an
engineer while raising three sons.His childhood interest in art lingered. In 1963, after relocating
to Webster, New York, he made a career change. A self-taught artist, he began
achieving recognition in major exhibitions and by various art organizations.In 1974 , he joined the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony and opened
the Ward Mann Gallery on the Pier in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This gallery
has continued to this day and has afforded him the opportunity to paint many
Cape Ann scenes in oil and watercolor.Renowned for his marine paintings, he has traveled and painted extensively
in Europe, Greece, Norway, South America, and throughout the United States.
His work captures harbors, villages, cities, landscapes, and seascapes. He
usually starts a painting on location and finishes it in his studio. His home
and winter studio is in Webster, New York, on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Love Boat, Oil, 22" x 28"
Wall Street, Oil, 22" x 28" His style is considered impressionist, open and slightly textured, but with an obsession for light and fine draftsmanship. He strives to capture the emotional richness of a moment in time.
Mann has won numerous awards from such prestigious organizations as the Salmagundi Club of New York City, the North Shore Arts Association, and the Rockport Art Association. His work has been included in the Arts for the Parks, Top 100; and he has twice been honored with the SCNYC Macwin Tuttle Award. His art is featured in numerous galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian Institute and the United States Coast Guard, and in corporate collections which include AT&T, IBM, Alcoa, Marriott, Marsh & McLennon, Westinghouse, U.S. Air, and Xerox Corporation. His paintings are found in private collections throughout the United States and in many countries of the world.
His professional, signature memberships include Oil Painters of America (OPA), the Salmagundi Club (SCNYC), the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP), and many other art organizations. He’s listed in Who’s Who in American Art and in Who’s Who in the East.